South Dakota Politics: Romney v Obama 1 | Obama in 2012 Election Editorial |

Registered voters in 12 key swing states are almost evenly split between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in their 2012 presidential election preferences, while giving a 14-percentage-point lead to Obama over Newt Gingrich.


1. The collumn is about why Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney are the frontrunners to win the November Presidential Election.

2. -Recent polls indicate Romney will beat Gingrich in the Florida primary by a significant number of points, nearly securing his spot as the Republican candidate.

- Registered voters are almost evenly split between Obama and Romney.

- If Obama once again relies on the tactics that won him the election in 2008, he has extremely good odds in 2012. Aforementioned tactics include running negative ads against his opponent, and making promises to the country as a whole.

- However, Romney is keeping up with Obama despite Gingrich's efforts to tear him down; so he may rise ahead of Obama when that kind of pressure is no longer placed upon him.

3. The writer believes that the 2012 election will come down to Obama and Romney, and that Romney will most likely prevail.

4. The writer's opinion is directly stated. "Obama 2008 was all promise. The moment he became President, his powers of persuasion largely deserted him. Despite scores of speeches, he was unable to rally public support for his health care reform."

6. I learned that the collumnist was likely dissapointed by Obama's first term, and that he probably holds Mitt Romney in a higher respect than he does our current president.

7. It was extremely opinion based, so the reader would have to be fairly educated about the topic to read and understand it. It was most likely written for adult voters.

8. The writer did not fully convince me of his/her opinion because most of his opinions don't have facts supporting them.

9. K. Blanchard. "Romney v Obama 1"   South Dakota Politics January 30, 2012

Assignment B

2. As I was reading the article, I noticed the use of the ethos appeal most prominentely. The writer repeatedly stresses how the tactics President Obama used to win  the 2008 elections weren't ethical or moral. This helps the writer convince you to see things his way. "On June 19, 2008, he announced that he would be the first Presidential candidate since 1976 to forgo public funds, which allow candidates to run in the general election while limiting the corrupting influence of fund-raising. This was an awkward and hypocritical decision, given that in 2007 Obama had explicitly promised that he would stay in the system. Obama outspent McCain by almost three to one, and, as many Republicans are quick to note, ran more negative ads than any Presidential candidate in modern history." In this paragraph, he uses common ethics that most people hold to discredit President Obama. However, the author doesn't only use morality to persuade readers to take on his views. He also makes use of logos, when practically explaining what the data from the recent polls means to the election. "If the polls are accurate, and so far they have been pretty reliable, Mitt Romney will beat Newt Gingrich in the Florida Primary by more than ten points. No, this won't mean that Romney has the nomination all wrapped up, but it will suggest that Gingrich is very unlikely to take it from him. Only a week ago Gingrich was leading in a handful of polls." In this section, he gains the reader's trust by coming off as a reasonable person, because he has facts and is telling the reader what they mean. All in all, the writer takes a very realistic view and discerns the significance of the information he provides reasonably.  However, his most prominent and passionate views have the least logic supporting them.